District attorney weighing whether to seek death penalty against triple murder suspect

District attorney weighing whether to seek death penalty

PUEBLO, Colo. - The suspect in a triple murder will learn soon whether the district attorney plans to seek the death penalty against him.

The district attorney for the 10th Judicial District, Jeff Chostner, said he plans to make a decision about Harry Mapps in the next 45 days.

Mapps, 59, is accused of killing Kim and Reginald Tuttle and their daughter, Dawn Roderick, last November and then setting the home on fire in Rye.

According to Chostner, there has only been one instance in Pueblo County where prosecutors asked for the death penalty. In 1991, prosecutors asked that Ron White be executed, but on appeal White was sentenced to life in prison instead.

Mapps appeared in court Thursday for a motions hearing but it was postponed because a prosecutor on the case was assigned to work in Cañon City. Mapps will be back in court April 11.

He's being held in the Pueblo County Jail.

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